Sierra Leone People’s Party and the 2018 elections
Among all odds, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has and continues to go through the test of time in ensuring that they take over the governance of the state to correct the wrongs of the incumbent All People’s Congress (APC) Party.
Say what you may, Julius Maada Bio in 2012 contested with the most popular candidate, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and got over 35 percent of total vote cast.
In this coming election, Bio stands as the most popular candidate among the current presidential candidates but also not enough to make him the next president because the votes have not yet being cast.
Because the youths of SLPP stood their rounds to make Julius Maada Bio their 2018 presidential candidate prompted big names in the SLPP to pitch text with the National Grand Coalition (NGC) while other decided to hands –off the party for obvious reasons.
Those that pitch text with the NGC and other that have keep seal lips stand as Maada Bio critics that will be walking tooth and nail for Bio not to have a comfortable victory in the South and East of the country.
By the look of things, the APC is determine to secure a considerable votes in the strong holds of the SLPP to further destabilized SLPP and Bio the chances to dictate the space of the governance system in Sierra Leone.
On the other hands, SLPP seriously believes that the blunders of the APC government is more than enough to kick them out of power any time the campaign start.
Reality speaking, the SLPP needs to organize their campaign messages properly to showcase the bad sides of the incumbent and also bring to light the dozens of unfulfilled promises made during the previous elections.
It is expected of the SLPP to also expose policies that were enacted to enrich or gain an advantage over certain situation.
Like the Judiciary, The SLPP needs to prove beyond all reasonable doubt to the electorate that the APC is not the right choice.
It is also expected of the SLPP to be systematically careful when selling their presidential material to the public and cleverly but carefully get the electorate to understand that Maada don’t have blood in his hands.
The issue of Maada Bio having blood in his hands is the biggest political stain some citizens strongly holds against him.
The SLPP should constantly remind all and sundry the role played by Julius Maada Bio to restore peace and democracy in Sierra Leone.
The SLPP should also sell the good qualities of Bio that is not found or common in the others simply because these 2018 elections will be an election of issues not tissues.
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